Brandeis Alumni, Family and Friends


  • A group of alumni volunteers pose for a photo with Nobel laureate Professor Michael Rosbash.
    Alumni in Northern California gathered for a conversation with Nobel Laureate and Brandeis Professor Michael Rosbash about his work on circadian rhythms. From left to right: Dan Herschlag, PhD’89; Charlene Liao, PhD’92; Professor Michael Rosbash; Vu Truong ’86, P’20; Liqun Luo, MA’92, PhD’93; and Emily Greenwald ’16.
  • Walt Mossberg ’69, Lisa Field ’82, and Adam Cheyer ’88 post for a photo, with Lisa holding a small Brandeis pennant
    Lisa Field ’82 (center) hosted Brandeis alumni for a gardenside gathering at her home in Beverly Hills. The intimate event featured a discussion between tech journalist Walt Mossberg ’69 (left) and Siri Co-founder Adam Cheyer ’88 (right) on the future of technology.

California is home to two active alumni clubs that serve the more than 5,500 Brandeis alumni who live in the state: the Alumni Club of Northern California and the Alumni Club of Southern California. Both clubs offer diverse programs and opportunities to connect socially with other members of the Brandeis community, engage in exclusive cultural activities and continue lifelong learning through access to renowned speakers. Many programs are open to family and friends in these regions as well.

Popular events include the Los Angeles-area alumni book club and traveling Faculty in the Field speaker series which take place annually. The Alumni Club of Southern California also has a regional Lawyers Network, which hosts events for alumni attorneys annually, and a Media Network, which taps into the vibrant film and television scene.

Whether you are new to the region or have lived here for many years, we welcome you to join our regional leadership team to plan programs that will bring Brandeisians together

Meet Our Regional Leadership Team

Ariel Meave-Ohrt, GSAS MA’13
Ariel Meave-Ohrt, GSAS MA’13

Alumni Club of Northern California, President

Oakland, California
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Event Planner, Me & You

Favorite Brandeis Professor: Sarah Lamb

Favorite Place on Campus: Einstein Bros in the campus center

My Favorite Brandeis Memory: My roommate bought me a pair of earmuffs because I was from California and utterly unequipped to deal with the weather!

I volunteer because I have always enjoyed bringing people together and building community. First, as a resident assistant in college and now as a party planner, creating fun and engaging programming that adds meaning to peoples' lives is my biggest goal. My time at Brandeis showed me what a special community it is, and I appreciate the education and experiences it gave to me, so I'd like to give back and think that this is a fitting way for me to do that.

James R. Felton ’85
James R. Felton ’85

Alumni Club of Southern California, President

Calabasas, California
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Managing Partner, Greenberg & Bass LLP

Favorite Brandeis Professor: James Kloppenberg

Favorite Place on Campus: Usdan

Favorite Brandeis Memory: Tropics dance - sophomore year

I volunteer because I love Brandeis. I want to make sure it is around forever.